Thursday, 23 May 2024

Dalhausser and Lucena Sweep Gstaad, Earn Second Gold of Season

Olympians Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena showcased their dominance at the prestigious Gstaad 5 Star tournament in Switzerland, securing their second gold medal of the season. The American duo delivered a flawless performance throughout the competition, sweeping all opponents and not dropping a single set. In the highly anticipated finale, Dalhausser and Lucena secured a commanding victory over Brazil with a score of 21-18, 21-19.

Impressively, Team USA had five teams finish in the Top 10 of the tournament, with John Hyden and Ryan Doherty tying for fifth place after starting in the qualification bracket. The tournament was unique as it featured three US men’s teams in the same pool. Dalhausser and Lucena emerged as the victors, while their compatriots Sean Rosenthal and Trevor Crabb advanced to the first round. Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner were unfortunately eliminated after a 0-3 record.

Hyden and Doherty’s remarkable run from the qualification round to the quarterfinals marked their third quarterfinal appearance this year. This performance demonstrated their improvement from their previous tournament in Porec, where they failed to advance past the qualifiers. Rosenthal and Crabb also achieved a similar feat earlier in the season, going from the qualifiers to a fifth-place finish in Xiamen in April.

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Among the American women’s teams, Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, along with Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh, both tied for ninth place. For Claes and Hughes, it was their third Top 10 finish of the year, although slightly lower than their fifth-place finish in Porec. Walsh Jennings and Branagh, who received a wild card entry, finished 1-2 in pool play and won their first-round match against Switzerland before being eliminated in the second round by Brazil.

All the US teams that participated in Gstaad will now return to the USA to compete in the upcoming Long Beach President’s Cup. It’s important to note that the President’s Cup is an exhibition event and will not contribute to the FIVB World Tour or Tour points.

FAQs

Q: How many gold medals have Dalhausser and Lucena won this season?
A: Dalhausser and Lucena have secured their second gold medal of the season at the Gstaad 5 Star tournament.

Q: How many US men’s teams finished in the Top 10 of the Gstaad tournament?
A: Five US men’s teams finished in the Top 10, with John Hyden and Ryan Doherty tying for fifth place.

Q: How did Hyden and Doherty perform in the tournament?
A: Hyden and Doherty had an impressive run from the qualification round to the quarterfinals, showcasing their improvement from their previous tournament.

Summary

Dalhausser and Lucena dominated the Gstaad 5 Star tournament, securing their second gold medal of the season. The American duo went undefeated throughout the competition, not dropping a single set. Their commanding victory in the finale solidified their position as one of the top teams in the world.

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Team USA had a strong showing in the tournament, with five teams finishing in the Top 10. John Hyden and Ryan Doherty’s remarkable run from the qualification round to the quarterfinals demonstrated their growth and potential. The American women’s teams also performed well, with Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, as well as Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh, finishing tied for ninth place.

The upcoming Long Beach President’s Cup will provide another opportunity for these talented teams to showcase their skills. As they return to the USA, they will continue to strive for success in their pursuit of excellence in beach volleyball.

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